I finally set up a Raspberry Pi Lightning Node to support the lightning network. Followed the guide by https://github.com/Stadicus which can be found here: https://github.com/Stadicus/guides/tree/master/raspibolt
The guide is noob friendly, the only time I faced hiccups is because of some screw ups by myself or misreading of information given in the guide. Plus the author is also quick to respond to you if you raise issues on his github.
Total cost would be around $ 150 for the hardware (the only reason it is so high is because I bought a new 4TB hard drive for the node, which is unnecessary. For the current size of the blockchain – 250GB, a 500 GB hard drive would do.)
Lightning Explorer pages haven't yet been updated with my node, I am not sure why. But I will link it as soon as I am able.
Here's the node on the Explorer: https://1ml.com/node/0283c1adbe3f7953fc20a452e8123d353aff2f19fde8f4e4a68cf0fe76dad7f99f
I have funded it with very minimal amount of BTC as I cannot afford to spend more on it at the moment. But I will be sending more funds over to support the network as soon as I am able to.
Feel free to fund my node if you guys think it's worthy. Here is the BTC address: 33Cmu8AdP1zNuz4UPTHE8NEZqe7LWBkBz7
I am open to any questions you guys might have, though most of the set up questions have already been covered in the guide written by the original author above.